10:05 18.10.2017

Ukraine reports 44 enemy attacks, 2 soldiers killed, 4 wounded in last day

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Ukraine reports 44 enemy attacks, 2 soldiers killed, 4 wounded in last day

 Russia's hybrid military forces have attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 44 times in the past 24 hours, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action and four troops wounded in action, the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) headquarters has reported.

"Over the past day, illegal armed groups violated the ceasefire regime 44 times. The forces of the ATO responded to the enemy 38 times using the full range of infantry weapons. As a result of the fighting, two Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and four others injured in various degrees of severity," the ATO staff said on Facebook on Wednesday morning.

In the evening hours of Tuesday, militants had been firing grenade launchers and heavy machine guns on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the town of Avdiyivka, Butovka coal mine, and the villages of Novoselivka Druha, Troyitske and Mayorske The enemy also engaged the Ukrainian forces from small arms several times near the villages of Pisky and Kamyanka. At about 18:00 Kyiv time, one Ukrainian soldier was killed in a mortar shelling outside the village of Zaitseve.

"In the Mariupol sector, the outskirts of the town of Maryinka remain a hot spot. In the evening, the invaders opened fire on the Ukrainian fortified positions there, using 82mm mortars, anti-tank grenade launchers, and small arms. The Ukrainian defenders fired back. Unfortunately, two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in that fighting. At the end of the day, Russian-backed mercenaries used 120mm mortars against the Ukrainian army near the village of Hnutove, as well as 82mm mortars near the village of Lebedynske. In addition, two Ukrainian soldiers were injured on Tuesday evening after they stepped on an IED," the report says.

There were fewer militant attacks in the Luhansk sector. However, near the village of Novo-Oleksandrivka, militants used 82mm mortars and infantry fighting vehicles. Furthermore, the Ukrainian positions near the village of Krymske and the town of Popasna came under fire from small arms.

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